Chelsea on brink of title after late goal seals win at Stoke

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Even if Antonio Conte carried on saying the right things to guard against complacency, the wildly exuberant fashion in which Chelsea's manager celebrated Saturday's win at Stoke City suggested a man who senses a title-winning triumph.

Chelsea is now at the top of the Premier League and will face Stoke City today at 8:30 PM.

Willian gave Chelsea the lead in the 13th minute with a free-kick, only for the Potters to draw level through Jonathan Walters' penalty after the Stoke striker was pushed in the penalty area by Cahill.

Conte went on to reveal that he did have a couple of injury doubts in his squad but refused to name the players in question in Friday's press conference.

Chelsea's matchwinner in a 2-1 win away at Stoke City, Gary Cahill, thinks the pressure will have been piled on to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City due to the Blues moving 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Premier League leaders took the lead through their player of the year.

"I think I have to put my hand up because I made a mistake with that pass to Lee", said Pieters in a post-match interview.

And as Stoke headed for defeat, they had Phil Bardsley sent off deep into injury time. Chelsea are going to take some stopping now. Were Terry to choose to continue his career for a little while longer it would most likely be overseas, with China or the United States his best options.

This was only the second Premier League game of the season where hazard didn't start for Chelsea.

- Eight of Willian's last 19 goals for Chelsea in all comps have been from direct free-kicks.

And Stoke benefited from a contentious call three minutes later having been given a penalty as Walters went to ground having been nudged there by Cahill.

Having raised hopes of an unlikely victory, it was instead Stoke who were on the wrong end of a late victor as Chelsea once again found a way to win when Cahill - who also scored in the reverse fixture between the two sides - swept a loose ball home with just three minutes remaining following a mistake by Erik Pieters.

DF Kurt Zouma, NR - Replaced Willian after Cahill scored and added weight to Chelsea's defence.

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